Back Pain Relief With Remedial Massage

Remedial massage for back painBack Pain Relief With Remedial Massage

If you were to do a quick show of hands in a room to see how many people have suffered with back pain expect to see plenty of hands in the air. Back pain is one of the common reasons why people visit their GP. Back pain can be caused by muscle strains, ligament sprains, disc problems, injury or disease. Back pain affects around five million people per year in the UK and only the common cold causes more sick days. Many people only suffer short-term or acute attacks but long-term chronic back pain can have a major impact on your life.

Although chronic back pain generally affects the elderly, both young and old, men and women and now worryingly even children are succumbing to the effects of a back problem. Statistics suggest that back pain has become more prevalent due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyle both at work and at home. This would certainly explain the growing problem with back pain in children as they continue to spend more time playing computer games than enjoying outdoors activity. As back pain problems increase, alternative pain relief therapies have grown in popularity and remedial massage is one of those therapies that can help with your back problem.

Relieving back pain with massage therapy

What causes back pain and how can remedial massage help? The spine is a complex construction of bones, muscles, ligaments and nerves. It enables us to turn, twist and bend in a variety of movements and also works efficiently as a shock absorber. The spine protects the spinal cord and series of nerves that control and supply vital organs. The majority of cases of back pain are due to muscle spasms in the lower back (or lumbar region). Referred to as ‘simple back pain’ this can be triggered by poor posture (sitting and lifting), sudden force (from bending or over-stretching), holding one position for a long period, trips, falls or lack of support in a chair.

Failure to warm-up or cool-down during sports is another common factor that attributes to lower back pain as is being overweight or in a poor state of health. Stress is also a big cause of back pain as nervous tension triggers muscle tension which leads to further stress and muscle spasms – it’s a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break. For all these factors that cause back pain, remedial massage can offer solutions that will ease the problem.

Remedial massage therapy takes a holistic approach to treating back pain. The first step is prevention so the back pain doesn’t worsen. A remedial massage therapist first helps you to identify the cause of your back pain so any triggers can be eliminated from your environment. Remedial massage then works on back pain by releasing the muscle spasms that are causing the pain. As the muscles relax, normal spinal function, movement and mobility is restored which adds balance to the spine’s structure. With all these functions restored to their normal state, you’ll find you are able to move properly and your body stays healthy through movement. Remedial massage promotes better circulation and supply of oxygen and nutrients to muscles, joints and nervous system and also gives a boost to the immune system that can aid repair and recovery from injury or disease.

Remedial massage is a powerful tool for back pain

Keeping the back still through bed rest is not your best option to overcoming lower back pain. Remedial massage is a safe and effective way to treat your back pain through simple hands-on techniques from a trained remedial massage therapist. The therapist will suggest changes to your environment and also teach you relaxation techniques, posture awareness and stress management to help respond to and treat your back problem.

Article Submitted By
Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist

Date Published
24/04/08

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